Rhythm and rhyme: Time to rhyme

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By Jean Evansearly years consultant and author

Introduce the children to simple phonics and phonemes with these fun rhyming activities

Time to rhyme

1 Rhyming pairs

Discover rhyme through simple matching games

Communication, Language and Literacy

Linking Sounds and Letters

Development matters: enjoy rhyming and rhythmic activities (30-50 months); hear and say the initial sound in words and know which letters represent some of the sounds (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: link sounds to letters, naming and sounding the letters of the alphabet.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Pairs of rhyming objects, for example, shell and bell, toy house and mouse; tray; ‘Rhyming pairs’ activity sheet.

What to do

Fill a tray with pairs of rhyming objects, such as a shell and a bell. Hold up two objects at random. Ask the children to say the names of the objects aloud. Do they sound the same or do they sound different? Discuss the meaning of rhyme with the children.

Invite a child to choose an object and find one that rhymes with it. Then, give each child a copy of the activity sheet and ask them to find pairs of rhyming words.


Name pairs of rhyming objects with the children to raise their awareness of rhyming sounds.


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  1. Joyce Kamara
    on 5 February 2012


    Found it very useful. Thank you